The Crossroads of Memory: Carroll Cloar & The American South

The Crossroads of Memory: Carroll Cloar & The American South

Carroll Cloar is probably the most famous artist to come out of the Delta. His work is on display at the Brooks Museum of Art in Midtown Memphis, and it’s an exhibit you don’t want to miss.
MEMPHIS, TN (localmemphis.com) - Carroll Cloar is probably the most famous artist to come out of the Delta. His work is on display at the Brooks Museum of Art in Midtown Memphis, and it’s an exhibit you don’t want to miss.

Many describe Carroll Cloar as a Southern Surrealist. He was born near Earle, Arkansas. Over a 50 year span, he painted the American South.

“He elevates the everyday. He crystallizes it into something that’s coherent and easy to understand, but he elevates it and makes it into something lasting and durable,” said Brooks Curator Stanton Thomas.

Depicting sleepy Delta towns, family memories and old photographs, Carroll Cloar painted what he knew, small town life.

“It’s something we grew up with. It’s the railroad tracks we knew. It’s the house where our grandparents grew up. Again, it's part of the memories of all of us,” said Thomas.

85 of Cloar’s paintings are now on display at the Brooks. Some are on loan from renowned museums like The Metropolitan Museum of Art, and many are on loan from private collectors.

“It’s a very rare opportunity to enjoy these works,” said Thomas.

“The Crossroads of Memory: Carroll Cloar and the American South” runs through September 15th. Cloar was born in 1913. This exhibition was organized to mark the centenary of his birth.
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